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Refinishing pine paneling

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12-31-00, 03:11 PM   #1  
We just purchased a 23 year old home. The grand room is
A-framed and has dark, real wood, pine paneling approx.
7 1/4" wide tongue & groove. We removed a lg. cabinet that was nailed to the paneling and discoverd unfinished pine behind it. Testing an area by hand sanding it we found that the dark color is not deep. Our project is large and will take considerable time to complete, but our concern is the space where the panels connect to each other. We purchased a chemical stripper for this task and are unsure, once started, if it will be successful. Should we use the stripper at all? Will steel wool be our best option to remove the stain from the cracks after applying the stripper? What about the new tool - I think it is called a Dremel?

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12-31-00, 05:02 PM   #2  
One of the traditional ways to finish pine was with amber or orange shellac, which is soluble in denatured alcohol. Before doing anything else I would invest in a quart container of this along with a sleeve of 000 steel wool. You may be able to bring the panels back to their natural state without any other chemical, or sanding. Both items are available from any home center or paint store.

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